Let’s face it, business people have expressed a lot of anger, angst and just old-fashioned dissatisfaction about Connecticut in the last few years or so.
We’ve done lots of reporting on it, the whys, wherefores, the whining—and so we decided we can only be negative Nellie’s for so much of the time. So we peered out at some of our friends and decided to tell their stories of endurance.
Fritz and Hawley sells fashion eyewear in Hamden, its roots began well before the civil war, when Paul Rossler sold eyeglasses in New Haven. Russell Fritz Jr., the proprietor, is third generation in the business and himself has witnessed new technologies become old ones several times.
Marie-Louis Burkle, CEO of Branford’s Autac, runs a successful manufacturing business that has reached seventy years in Connecticut. She has shown true grit and has built and sustained her family enterprise through hardship, both business and personal.
So, can business make it here in Connecticut? They have, they can, and they do. And organizations like the Foote School, which has reached the century milestone, have educated countless New Haven children and employed numerous educators over those years.
We enjoy saying A.D. Perkins put their stamp on New Haven, that has been the case for 140 years, and trophies, and charts, and plaques, and signs…
And on Chapel Street, there is Tom Maloney’s Raggs. For more than three decades, that store has provided a place for those who appreciate young, urbane and far forward fashion – and they don’t have to go to New York to get it.
Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin helped build the industrial revolution, Mrs. Whitney and some of her contemporaries laid a ground work in concern for women left behind that is a legacy as great as her husband’s, and it endures in the work of Mary Wade.
So at least for a moment, we ask you to suspend your skepticism and certainly any cynicism, and read and enjoy our history.